Heated gear electrical load

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Heated gear electrical load

Post by wa2ddl » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:40 am

I'm thinking of having the 95 Aspy wired for 2 heated suits. With only standard electrical draw (nothing extra added except a cb set, no extra lights, etc) could the standard alternator handle the draw from 2 suits, or would I need the Comp U Fire? I now see about 13.3 volts on the voltmeter as a pretty normal indication (that 14+ from the Comp U Fire would be great, but at $3 to $4 hundred extra...whew!)

Any ideas?

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Re: Heated gear electrical load

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:48 pm

It depends on what you consider to be "heated suits." Are you talking about a heated vest, or gloves/pants/jacket, etc? And from which manufacturer? They all have different current draws. Once we know that, we can calculate what the draw would be, and then can determine if your bike has sufficient excess power.

Do you have any other electrical accessories (lights, etc.) on your bike?

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Re: Heated gear electrical load

Post by st4r50 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:36 pm

this is a calculation motorcyclists have been doing for ages. you are lucky enough to have a bike w an alternator. as you have discovered, you may not have enough power.
if you get a compufire you become spoiled quickly because you essentially have no worries.
as the boss said above you need to define which gear brand and which pieces you are thinking. plus each and every electrical device on your bike from the front to the rear in worse case scenario for your load calculation.
heated gear is very nice to have. i hope it works out for you.

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Re: Heated gear electrical load

Post by robb » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:01 pm

Here is a link for a 80A. I'm happy with a 95A from EMS Global, 2 years and going strong. Have bought many starters and alternators from EMS with no problems at all.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALTERNATOR-HOND ... 08&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0 ... or&_sop=15

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